Man in Black (album)

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Man in Black
A black-and-white photograph of Cash standing onstage
Studio album by Johnny Cash
ReleasedMay 1971 (1971-05)
Recorded1971
GenreCountry
Length28:45
LanguageEnglish
LabelColumbia
ProducerJohnny Cash
Johnny Cash chronology
Little Fauss and Big Halsy
(1971)
Man in Black
(1971)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1971)
 
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Man in Black
A black-and-white photograph of Cash standing onstage
Studio album by Johnny Cash
ReleasedMay 1971 (1971-05)
Recorded1971
GenreCountry
Length28:45
LanguageEnglish
LabelColumbia
ProducerJohnny Cash
Johnny Cash chronology
Little Fauss and Big Halsy
(1971)
Man in Black
(1971)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars link

Man in Black is the 37th overall album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1971. Many of the songs on the album contain political references, either broad or specific, while the title song refers both to Cash's tendency to wear black at live shows and to the tumultuous times in which the song was created, implying the Vietnam War. The album's name also eventually became Cash's informal nickname, given to him by the public. Two tracks—"Man in Black" and "Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues"—were released as singles, the former becoming very successful and peaking at No. 3 on the Country charts; the first track features Billy Graham.

Track listing

  1. "The Preacher Said Jesus Said" (Cash) – 3:39
  2. "Orphan of the Road" (Dick Feller) – 3:36
  3. "You've Got a New Light Shining in Your Eyes" (Cash) – 2:05
  4. "If Not for Love" (Glenn D. Tubb, Larry Lee) – 3:06
  5. "Man in Black" (Cash) – 2:52
  6. "Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues" (Cash) – 2:58
  7. "Ned Kelly" (Cash) – 2:19
  8. "Look for Me" (Glen Sherley, Harlan Sanders) – 2:21
  9. "Dear Mrs." (Cash, Andrew J. Arnette) – 3:46
  10. "I Talk to Jesus Every Day" (Tubb) – 2:03

Personnel

Charts

Album – Billboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1971Country Albums1
1971Pop Albums56

Singles – Billboard (North America)

YearSingleChartPosition
1971"Man in Black"Country Singles3
1971"Man in Black"Pop Singles58
1971"Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues"Country Singles18